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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA CDM/M, 1994 CDM/F
CHELSEA COLLEGE: Department of Mathematics Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College, Department of Mathematics

Administrative / Biographical history

The South-Western Polytechnic (later Chelsea Polytechnic/College) Department of Physics and Mathematics was divided into two separate departments in 1907. Until 1918-1919, much of the work conducted by the department was ancillary to the Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. These departments were then transferred to Battersea Polytechnic. The Department of Mathematics subsequently developed courses for the General and Special degrees of the University of London. During the Second World War, scientific research development stimulated the need for mathematical education, and shortly after the war, advanced courses were introduced at the request of physicists of the EMI Research Laboratories and GEC Research laboratories that developed into lecture courses for the MSc degree of the University of London. Mathematics teaching was transferred to King's College when King's and Chelsea merged in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Chelsea College Department of Mathematics

Content & structure

Scope and content

Chelsea College Department of Mathematics records, 1965-1984. The collection includes Mathematics Staff Committee minutes, 1965-1976, and correspondence relating to appointments, promotions, staffing levels and staff conditions of employment, [1974-1984].

System of arrangement

A division into minute book and administrative sections as shown in the Scope and content section above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes. Staff and student records are subject to an 80 year closure period after the date of leaving.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives: Chelsea Polytechnic/Chelsea College Mathematics Student Records (Ref: KCLCA CDM/ER, CDM/RPG, CDM/FPPG).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London catalogues; Chelsea College of Science and Technology Historical Pamphlet (1963); H Silver and S J Teague eds, Chelsea College. A History (1977). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

February 2002

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  • Educational administration
  • Educational levels
  • Educational supervision
  • Governing bodies
  • Higher education
  • Mathematics education
  • Teacher conditions of employment
  • Teaching profession
  • University governing bodies

Corporate names

  • Chelsea College
  • Chelsea College, Department of Mathematics
  • Chelsea College, Department of Mathematics
  • King's College London College Archives

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